July 4

Daily Reading:

Joshua 6.mp3, Psalm 135.mp3Psalm 136.mp3, Isaiah 66.mp3, Matthew 14.mp3

(To listen to the audio of each chapter, click on the mp3 file above. Or, read the chapters below.)

Joshua 6

1 ¶  Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

2  And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.

3  And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.

4  And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

5  And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

6 ¶  And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.

7  And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

8  And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.

9  And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

10  And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

11  So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

12  And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.

13  And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

14  And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.

15  And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.

16  And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

17 ¶  And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

18  And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

19  But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

20  So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

21  And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

22  But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.

23  And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.

24  And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.

25  And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26  And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

27  So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

Psalm 135

1 ¶  Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.

2  Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God,

3  Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.

4  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

5 ¶  For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

6  Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

7  He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

8  Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.

9  Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.

10  Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;

11  Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:

12  And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.

13  Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.

14  For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

15 ¶  The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

16  They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;

17  They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.

18  They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.

19  Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron:

20  Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.

21  Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 136

1 ¶  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2  O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

3  O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

4  To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

5  To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

6  To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

7  To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

8  The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

9  The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10 ¶  To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

11  And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

12  With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

13  To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

14  And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

15  But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16  To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

17  To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

18  And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

19  Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

20  And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

21  And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

22  Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

23 ¶  Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

24  And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25  Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26  O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Isaiah 66

1 ¶  Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

3  He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

4  I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

5 ¶  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

6  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

7  Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

8  Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

9  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

10  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

11  That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

12  For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

13  As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

14  And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

15 ¶  For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

16  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

17  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

18  For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

19  And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

20  And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

21  And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.

22  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

24  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Matthew 14

1 ¶  At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

2  And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

3  For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

4  For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

5  And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

6  But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

7  Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

8  And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.

9  And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

10  And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

11  And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.

12  And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

13 ¶  When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

15  And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

16  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

18  He said, Bring them hither to me.

19  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

20  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

21  And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

22 ¶  And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

23  And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

32  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

33  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

34 ¶  And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

35  And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;

36  And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Mediation of the Day: from Charles J Rolls’ book, ‘Time’s Noblest Name’

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